Today, I traveled around Seoul via subway alone for the first time. At first, I was a little nervous since I don’t have my SIM card ready (annoying AF SPRINT 🖕🏻💩) but, I found a free app that is usable without data to help me around the subway system.
Anyways, today I went to Hongdae, Dongdaemun, and Olympic Park. Every place had a different vibe but the shopping hub that has any space for negotiation/discounts is in Hongdae.
Here are a couple things to look out for before you decide to hustle every vendor on the street.
1.) CASH IS KING 👑 💸
You CANNOT get any discounts if you don’t have cash. Not a lot of people in Korea carry wallets these days because there are tons of card systems they use here which enables them to carry less. Unfortunately, all banks charge a small fee for transactions made to the store owner when processing payments so if you have cash, they will most definitely give you a discount.
2.) YOU HAVE TO BE UPFRONT ABOUT GETTING A “D.C”
There’s a saying by our mans Michael Jordan that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Same thing goes for asking for that discount. If you pay for everything upfront WITH CASH, this is for you to read. Paying STREET VENDORS in cash benefits them a lot more than cards BUT they won’t tell you about discounts on their own. Just like you and me, we gotta make money to eat so these owners won’t be the first ones to offer discounts if your already browsing their shit.
What’s a D.C? 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
3.) LINGO FOR DISCOUNT IN KOREA IS “D.C”
If English is your primary, when you ask for discount show them cash and just say D.C. Some may say no but that’s when you can play hardball and act like you’re about to leave. They will give you a discount when cash is presented because who wants to lose minimum orders of like $8-$10 when they can lose $3?
4.) NOT ALL STREET VENDORS CAN OFFER DISCOUNTS
When it comes to clothes, accessories, no-brand items discounts are more doable. Unfortunately cosmetics is not a system made for negotiation. What they do instead is have a shit ton of markdowns to compete with other cosmetic stores in the Hongdae strip. I literally bought two full moisturizing sets for $18 a piece – UNREAL.
Breakdown of Costs & Items
1.) 2 Moisturizing Sets at $18 a piece
2.) 3 Dog Sweaters for $27 OG PRICE $35
3.) 3 Face Wash for $3 a piece
4.) 1 Bootie Heel for $10 OG PRICE $15
5.) 1 Face Wipe for $3
6.) 4 Socks $1 a piece
7.) 1 Lash Curler for $2
8.) 1 Sweater for $10 OG PRICE $20
9.) 3 Lip Tints for $3 a piece
10.) 1 Glove for $3
11.) 3 Eyeliners for $4 a piece
12.) 1 Tote for $2
13.) 1 Concealer stick for $4
14.) 3 Brow Pencils for $2 a piece
15.) 5 Mascaras for $3 a piece
Glasses for $70 OG price $100 bought somewhere else with CASH
I never shop back at home so I guess this was my one moment but at the same time, a lot of these are presents for my family and friends.
I tried mixing my color scheme for clothes and shoes but…………. 🌚 all black lol 😂 Caroline if you’re reading this I’m thinking of how you would respond LOL.
Shopping in Korea is really fun but I think I had my one day of shopping out of the way before the Olympics